"Teacher Thought Bubble"
Four miscellaneous thoughts on the election

"World's fastest number game wows spectators and scientists"

Alex Bellos in the UK Guardian:

When I returned to London, I met up with Brian Butterworth, professor of cognitive neuropsychology at University College London and the author ofThe Mathematical Brain, and showed him some video clips of Flash Anzan.

He was flabbergasted. "I don't see how you can represent whatever that number was on a mental abacus faster than you can say it," he said, adding: "A lot of money should be spent doing research on how the brain can manage to do this, because I think this is a really extraordinary thing!"